Welcome to St Germans Group Parish


to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                


Latest News

January Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 3rd April 2016:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Jenny Daniels, Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Paul Gribble
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Next meeting of the PCC - Tuesday  7th February at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Hessenford

Gary's Licensing as Assistant Curate of the parishes of Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Lansallos and Talland, Lanreath and Pelynt will take place on 5th February at St Nun's, Plynt at 4pm. Please come and support him in his introduction to pastures new......

If you plan to come please let Margaret or Gary know so that numbers can be passed on to St Nun's


Home Group on Monday morning at 10.30am,  Mondays 23rd January, and 13th and 27th February at Margaret's       All are welcome.

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

Messy Church will meet on the third Saturday,  21st January and 18th February at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............


Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

 12th FEBRUARY at 11am at  St Germans Priory  


Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on the fourth Sunday, the 22nd January and 26th February at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

A leisurely start to Sunday for the adults, and activities for the children


Curate's Corner

Dear Friends,

Sadly it is time for me to move on: I can't begin tell you how difficult it is to describe just how sad I am to be leaving. When I arrived a few years ago, as a fresh out of Bible college deacon, I would never have guessed how close I would become to such a warm and loving congregation. 

On so many occasions now I have been humbled by the kindness of your hearts and your willingness to throw yourselves behind new initiatives in worship, and schemes such as the clothes aid for refugees. When I look back on my time in the parish, I know it will be the friends I have made here which I will remember most fondly.  Soon I will be living a new life in a new parish, full of exiting new experiences and opportunities, yet empty of your company; it will be strange to say the least.

You have helped me through some difficult times, sometimes without even knowing it, and it has been a privilege to have shared in so many of your important times, especially things such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, services of remembrance and so forth.

I would ask that you continue support, with actions and prayers; Michael, David, Brenda, Margaret, Richard and each other in your ministry, both inside and outside of the church buildings.

 I had hoped to end with an inspiring word from scripture, but I’ve come up blank, so I will have to make do with Shakespeare:

 "And whether we shall meet again I know not. 

Therefore our everlasting farewell take: 

For ever, and for ever, farewell, friends!

If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;

If not, why, then this parting was well made. "

So may God bless you all richly,  dear friends,  and if you can make my licensing on 5th February at St Nun’s Pelynt (4.00pm)  I will look forward to seeing you there.                                                                               



St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Richard Laugharne
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow
Secretary - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.



 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, toilet rolls and toiletries, dried potato (Smash), Instant Coffee, tinned fruit

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

Last year (2016) St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015. The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously - and are continuing to do so...........


East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire